WASHINGTON (Jan. 18)
One-third of the professional workers of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization polled here reported that their daily contact with Jewish teen-agers indicated a belief that there was a “significant” amount of anti-Semitism, according to a survey made public here today.
The workers have assembled here in a four day conference to plan the BBYO program for 1968. Most of the men polled said that while teen-agers had indicated concern with Negro anti-Semitism, this had not halted their commitment to Negro rights. An apparent “waning of enthusiasm” for the cause, however, was reported to be evident in some parts of the country, with most of this reaction being attributed to rising black militancy.
Other factors given for a lessening of interest in the civil rights cause were the Jewish youth involvement in the Arab-Israel conflict and concern over Vietnam. A few replies cited “apathy” of the public at large, including teen-agers.